Munawar Faruqui denied license for Delhi performance; cops say, ‘show will affect communal harmony’

Comedian Munawar Faruqui’s stand-up show has been controversial in the past, but police have refused to allow him to perform his show in Delhi on August 28. According to a report by ANI, the Delhi Police Licensing Unit refused permission after the local Central District Police wrote a report saying “the show will affect the harmony of the community in the area”.

VHP had written to ask for the show to be cancelled, saying that if this did not happen, members of the VHP and Bajrang Dal would protest.

Munawar Faruqui’s performance in Hyderabad sparked a major controversy after the suspended BJP MLA T Raja Singh asked for it to be cancelled. In a backlash to the comedian, Singer shared a video in which he disparaged the comedian and allegedly spread “hate speech.” He was arrested for the same reason and released the same day after the court order.

Despite tight security, Faruqui managed to perform in Hyderabad.

Faruqui’s earlier performance in Bengaluru was cancelled for the second time by the Metropolitan Police, who said organisers did not have prior permission to hold the event.

In early May, Faruqui took part in the reality show “Lock-Upp” hosted by Kangana Ranaut, winning the championship trophy after garnering more than 18,000 votes. Madhya Pradesh police arrested Faruqui and four others on January 1 this year after Eklavya Singh Gaud, the son of BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud, made an attack on Hindu deities and Union Home Secretary Amit Shah during a comedy show at a cafe Comment. Indore on New Year’s Day. He was later released on bail.

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